A new study indicates that the glycemic index is a better predictor of whether or not a carbohydrate food is healthy:
...Researchers said the results, published in the journal Lancet, justify a large-scale trial of the so-called low-glycemic-index diet, which also might reduce risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Unlike the popular Atkins diet, the low-glycemic diet allows for eating a high percentage of some carbs - whole grains, vegetables, nuts and most fruits. But refined breads, breakfast cereals and concentrated sugars are no-nos, as they are on Atkins. ...
IOW, as I've always figured, you're off the hook for minimally or unprocessed whole foods with a high nutritional value of their own. As a note from multiple sources, white potatoes and bananas are just about like eating sugar by the spoonful as far as your pancreas is concerned.
On a related note, it's been suggested that the high incidence of diabetes in some Native American tribes is due in part to having a diet richer in hard to digest sugars for so long that they lost some of their tolerance for more easily broken down carbohydrates.
Note: All carbohydrates we can digest eventually end up as simple glucose, the only form useful to the body, and essential to brain function. But the question of how long they take to break down is very important to the stability of blood sugar levels, and as a result, the amount of work required of the pancreas and liver.Posted by natasha at September 6, 2004 01:47 AM | Food | Technorati links |